Total Dog! Puppy Training in Austin & San Antonio Texas

Build a lasting relationship with your new pup with puppy training designed for them!

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What is Puppy Training?

Total Dog!'s professional puppy training program gives Texas dog owners a convenient way to train their new puppy, at a time in their lives when they’re most adaptable. This makes it easy to replace bad behaviors with new ones that will stay with them for life, while instilling a love of learning that makes them eager to learn even more. By combining humane techniques with proven, effective training methods, we’ll help your pup become a well-behaved pooch for life, and help you discover their full potential.

Stop These Bad Behaviors

Biting & Chewing
Jumping
House Soiling
Separation Anxiety
Excessive Whining or Barking
Destructive Behavior
Social Miscues
Toy Possession
What are you waiting for?!

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Total Dog! Puppy Training Packages

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The Basics

Replace bad behaviors with new ones and teach your puppy basic commands with our effective basics training program. We’ll use positive, progressive behavioral-modification techniques to teach them foundational skills at their own pace, before they’re ready to move on to more advanced skills.

Stop common puppy behaviors, like chewing, jumping up, and house soiling
Teach your puppy how to perform basic commands like 'sit,' 'stay,' and 'come'
Train your puppy the foundational skills they need to be confident adult dogs
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Total Dog!

The Total Dog! training package is designed for puppies that have especially difficult problem behaviors–like destructive chewing or social miscues–and need more time to adopt new behaviors. You can also train your puppy to perform both basic and advanced commands in outside-the-home environments—such as in the company of new people and other dogs. It’s the perfect package for dog owners who want a super well-trained and well-behaved puppy.

Benefits

Stop problem behaviors—such as aggression, destructive chewing, and excessive whining—before they become lifelong habits
Train your pup to perform basic and advanced commands with extreme off-leash obedience
Teach your dog how stay generally well behaved both at home and on the go
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Experience the Total Dog! Difference

EXPERIENCED, PASSIONATE TRAINERS
Our staff of dog handlers and dog trainers are some of the best dog and puppy trainers in Texas, if not the entire country. Not only are we experts in every facet of animal-science—from puppy development to canine psychology—but we live, breathe, and believe in everything we do. We’ve owned, trained, and cared for our own dogs–from the time they were tykes to full-blown hounds–and can’t wait to share our love for all things dogs when working with you and your pup.
GUARANTEED RESULTS
There’s a reason we offer a lifetime guarantee plan at Total Dog! Not only do we know how to effectively train and communicate with our clients’ dogs (and puppies), but we offer an unlimited lesson plan to ensure they retain what they’ve learned over time. Whether your puppy is a quick study or needs more time to pick up new skills, we’ll continue to work with you until they reach the goals set forth at the start of the program.
REAL-WORLD TRAINING
Want a pup that behaves as well on the go as they do at home? At Total Dog!’s professional puppy training classes in Austin and San Antonio, we train our dogs both inside and outside the home, and in a variety of real-world environments. From the park to the vet to your backyard, we’ll ensure your pup is well-mannered, obedient, and friendly wherever life takes you.
HASSLE-FREE SERVICE
Whether we are providing a Board and Train option (we pick up and deliver) or in home lessons, we come to you. We’ll worry about traffic, scheduling, and logistics so you don’t have to!

5-Paw Reviews

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“It was the best investment I could make in our new puppy”

“We had just gotten our new puppy and were scheduled to be gone for 2 weeks when she was only 5 months old.  We had tried PetSmart for obedience 101 and just hadn’t seen the results I was hoping for.  My puppy, Stormi, is a small dog (10 pounds at that time), and the other dogs in our class were all large and she was super intimidated.  It didn’t make for a good set of lessons, at all!  Since I knew I would need boarding - it dawned on me to look into a board and train program.   That’s when I found Total Dog!   I called and set up a consult with Brice.  Within 20 minutes of us talking, he had slipped a lead around her neck and had her sitting, in the most perfect pose (see photo)!  He immediately put any anxiety I had at ease.  Fast forward to returning from vacation - we had opted for 4 weeks of the Board & Train program.  It was the best investment I could make in our new puppy.  She got to tour local coffee shops, a City Council meeting, and came away stealing hearts and perfectly behaved!!  And, to top it off, since her Board & Train program, Brice is just a phone call away and set up a private lesson and came out to work on any “hiccups” we may have encountered along the way.  And once this pandemic is over, we are looking forward to completing her Canine Good Citizen certificate.  I cannot say enough about Brice - his patience is amazing, both with my puppy and with me!  He listened to every thing I said and never made me feel rushed, or that any question was stupid.  Not only have I referred several friends to him, but will continue to bring all future dogs to him from here on out.

- Stormi’s Owner, Samantha
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We had three big goals and each goal was met before Millie graduated

had the best training with Luisa! millie lacks no energy 😅  and Luisa showed up every week determined to get Millie trained. We had three big goals and each goal was met before Millie graduated.  Luisa made it possible for me to push a baby stroller and walk millie on a leash (with no bouncing!!). we loved working with total dog training. will recommend to all of our friends that are dog people 🙂

- Millie's Owner, Lauren
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Highly recommend Total Dog it is worth every penny!

Moriah is simply amazing! I have 2 dogs a Cane Corso and a Beagle and within the FIRST SESSION they were completely new dogs! She covered all of my major concerns and worked on them weekly and taught me things that I didn't even know my dogs needed to work on. She made my dogs a priority and made them feel loved. I am now able to walk/shop/go out/ go to the park/ and even place them without worrying that they will run off or attack anyone. Highly recommend Total Dog it is worth every penny!

- Janelle, owner of a Cane Corso & Beagle
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How It Works

Step 1

Schedule A Consultation

Schedule a free consultation so we can discuss your pup’s situation and assess their unique needs. From there, we'll develop a custom-made training program designed around your goals and their unique learning style.

Step 2

Sit Back & Relax

Watch as one of our professional puppy trainers works with your puppy to teach them new behaviors and skills at their own pace, using positive, progressive techniques.

Step 3

Discover Your Dog’s Potential

After your puppy completes their training, you’ll see marked improvements in both their skills and behavior. They’ll come when you call them to come, sit when you ask them to sit, and stay generally well-behaved in normal and novel environments.

Location & Service Area

We’re happy to provide our Total Dog! puppy training in Austin and San Antonio. Call today to get started!

San Antonio: (210) 722-9919

Meet The Team

Brice Cavanaugh
Founder, Total Dog!
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Haley
Executive Assistant
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Mercedes
Administrator
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Cassandra
Professional Dog Trainer
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Melinda
Professional Dog Trainer
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Jillian
Professional Dog Trainer
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Montreal
Professional Dog Trainer
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Meiyan
Dog Trainer
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Montreal

Professional Dog Trainer

As an individual with a certification in dog training, 3 ½ years of experience in training, as well as being an A.K.C and C.G.C evaluator and C.C.P.D.T With a specialization in behavior modification I have a unique perspective on how puppies/dogs can and will be and go on to be in terms of being fulfilled and successful in multiple aspects of their lives. While not trying to reinvent the wheel, my way of training is rather unique in the way that the behavior of the puppies/dogs is shaped. Whilst using treats as a means for reward after successfully completing a command has been the traditional route for far longer than one can imagine, I have noticed that affection as a means for reward breeds long term fulfillment, and success for both the puppy/dog and owner, therefore, I have implemented this reward system in my way of training, negating the over-treating of a puppy/dog which in-turn negates the creation of separation anxiety and other bad habits that can and will develop from over-treating. By implementing affection as the means for reward, the puppy/dog understands that he or she will be rewarded with affection and they will execute any command more successfully.

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Meiyan

Dog Trainer

I am an entrepreneur in the wellness industry, and as such, I see firsthand the impacts that dogs can have on their families…good and bad! My desire to help people find balance in their lives perfectly dove-tailed into the mission that Total Dog! has, so it was very easy for me to adopt the Total Dog! philosophies not only on my personal Great Pyrenees, but I was then inspired to learn how to bring this to anyone that I can!

I had studied many books and videos, and while there is amazing information readily available, there is also a lot of ineffective information out there as well. Having a single source to get to the truth is amazing!

My Pyrenees is now the “start of the “show” when I am at local Farmers’ Markets, and I can take her off leash wherever I am allowed, without the fear of her running off or getting into scuffles with other animals. We are experiencing true freedom! She is also certified as a Service Dog! Many know that Pyrs can be a bit stubborn, especially on recall, but she now checks in with me to make sure that she is still within the predetermined range that I have set for her.

I am so excited to help you find the same joy with your dog as I do with mine. My whole philosophy on life and wellness is about balance, and having an unruly dog can certainly throw things off! We are here to help!

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Jillian

Professional Dog Trainer

Starting with her family’s Cocker Spaniel at the local obedience club, Jillian began training when she was 11 years old. This prompted her to get her own dog when she was 13; a rescued Shetland Sheepdog named Missy. They trialed in AKC and the 4H club in agility, conformation, and obedience and eventually got into work as a therapy dog team. This was the root of Jillian's love for dog training.

Now active with her 3 Australian Shepherds, they compete in agility, conformation, obedience, rally obedience, scent work, and herding/stock. Together they have earned numerous titles in each of these venues and have competed at the National level. In 2019 Jillian and her dog Dosey Doe won the High in Trial award for Agility at the ASCA Nationals in Bakersfield, CA. While her personal dogs focus is on competitive sports, her professional work has been centered around general wellness and behaviors.

Jillian's background in professionally working with dogs includes an education as a Registered Veterinary Technician and managing her own grooming business. This has given her a unique perspective in more than just training. Jillian believes in looking at the whole dog to get the best results in their behavior, but also focuses on being a coach for the owners to know how to make desired changes stick.

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Mercedes

Administrator

Family always comes first. Especially my boys Christian (8) and Jovahnny (baby) and my little brother Adrian (9). I’ve always had a big heart for pets, especially dogs. Currently don’t have any pets due to just having a baby who doesn’t do too well with animals but we do plan to get one in the future. I am bilingual, I was born in Mexico but raised in Round Rock, TX. Love going to Mexico to visit my family and of course their delicious food. Excited for the opportunity to help dogs and their owners in Central Texas.

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Melinda

Professional Dog Trainer

Melinda’s passion for training began at 9 years of age with her family dog, Hershey. Since then, Melinda has enjoyed training her own dogs for fun in agility, skills, hunting, tricks, and service dog work. In 2017, Melinda medically retired from law enforcement and began a new journey where she could turn her passion for dogs into a career. Melinda attended Rocky Mountain School of Animal Acupressure and Massage in 2020 where she earned her Canine Massage Therapy license. Since then, she has found a true passion for helping owners build the best relationship possible with their dogs. During her free time, Melinda trains and competes in dog sports and continues their never-ending journey of canine education.

Melinda has experience in:

  • Multi-dog household
  • Dog ownership with children in the household
  • Small, medium, and large breed dogs
  • Service dog training
  • Canine conditioning
  • Canine enrichment
  • Canine parkour
  • Trick training
  • Agility foundation and training
  • Shed hunting
  • Basic obedience training
  • Grooming
  • Reactive dog training and management


Melinda’s Certifications:

  • AKC CGC evaluator
  • Pet Guru College Canine Enrichment Counselor
  • Communication Skills for Pet Care Professionals
  • Canine CPR and first aid
  • Canine massage level 1: Therapeutic Massage
  • Canine massage level 2: Advanced Massage with Focus on the Canine Athlete
  • Canine massage level 3: Senior and Rehabilitative Dogs
  • Advanced Massage for the Canine Athlete


Extras:

  • American Kennel Club’s Dog Athlete of the Month (January 2021)
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Cassandra

Professional Dog Trainer

Cassandra started working with dogs as a young girl when her family decided to open a rescue right out of her home after losing their family dog to breed discrimination.

Always passionate about working with animals, she continued her rescue efforts throughout her life by volunteering in shelters and learning from experts in the field about the handling and training of dogs and cats. After several years of apprenticeships in dog training, working for dog training companies, and serving as the operations and training director of a large scale pit bull rescue for over four years, she joined the Total Dog Team. Today, her mission is to empower owners with the confidence to improve the relationship with their dogs through education, training, and behavior modification.

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Haley

Executive Assistant

Haley has always had a love for animals and helping others. She currently has two dogs named Roscoe and Duke as well as two daughters Raynee and Emilia. She strives to continue growing in everything she does. As an administrator Haley enjoys making one on one connections with clients and providing the best information for their training needs. Haley enjoys spending time at the lake with friends and family. Today, her goal is to help as many clients as possible and to empower her team by being a positive role model.

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Brice Cavanaugh

Founder, Total Dog!

Founder, Professional Dog Trainer & AKC Evaluator

SGT Brice Cavanaugh founded Total Dog! and is on the Board of Directors for the National Tactical Police Dog Association, Operation Overwatch and The Pink Berets. He is a Professional Member of the International Association of Canine Professionals and is an Evaluator for the American Kennel Club's Canine Good Citizen multi-tiered program.

As an instructor in the tactical field, constant reading of journals and LE updates is a must. Brice’s unique perspectives come from decades of experience, from the tactical training and deployment of Military Working Dogs and Police Service Dogs to the instruction of deployment teams working in theater in some of the harshest conditions in the world.

Accomplishments

  • Developed and implemented the Explosives Detection Canine Unit, Presidential Helicopter Squadron (HMX-One), Quantico VA and NAS Anacostia DC and served as founding Kennel Master.
  • Conducted overseas missions in multiple countries during tenure at HMX-One.
  • Conducted over 100 missions in direct support of the US Secret Service.  Protectees included five US Presidents, multiple First Ladies, King Hussein of Jordan, Fidel Castro, Butros Ghali, varying elements of the Dept of Defense command structure, Arnold Schwarzeneggar and many others.
  • Participated in the state funeral of Former President Richard M Nixon, April 2004.
  • Located improvised explosive device on Presidential support mission, 1995.
  • Provided support for the United Nations 50th Anniversary, at both event cities, San Francisco and New York, 1995.
  • Assisted in hunt for Theodore Kaczinski (the Unabomber) 1995.
  • Participated in the hunt for the DC Snipers, October 2002 (as Fairfax County Deputy).
  • Guest Speaker, International Association of Canine Professionals Annual Conference.
  • Completed eight years in the United States Marine Corps with Honorable Discharge, 1992-96, 1997-01.
  • POST Certified (CA) as a Canine Team Evaluator, 1995.
  • President, 40th Session of the Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, VA and completed same with 94.3% scholastic average, 2001-02.
  • Steward, United States Police Canine Association Detector Certification Trial, Region Three, March 2002.
  • Narcotic Detector Certified, USPCA, March 2001.  Placed 1st in Trial.
  • Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal May 2001.
  • Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal October 2000.
  • Hundreds of K9 demonstrations for various groups, from Scouts to Veterans, schools to corporations, parents to Congressmen.
  • Instrumental in the House Resolution that enabled retired Military Working Dogs to be adopted out after service.
  • Participated annually in the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaigns.
  • Assisted in the 24th Annual Marine Corps Marathon.
  • Certified as Naval Air Crew, UCB-12, October 1994, receiving Air Crew Wings that month.
  • Coordinated the 11th Annual Yuma Area Police K9 Trials, March 1998.
  • Developed and presented bomb threat awareness training for civilian staff of Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, CA 1995-96.
  • Bomb threat responses at installations, local community, hospitals and a Lollapalooza event.
  • Assisted local law enforcement in the recovery of weapons (used in local gang related shooting) as Marine MWD Handler.
  • Assisted in the 1996 Republican National Convention, San Diego CA.
  • Distinguished Honor Graduate, Military Police School, Ft McClellan AL 1993.
  • Instrumental in updating Canine Explosive Scent Kits (CESK) to modern standards.
  • Instrumental in developing off leash explosives detection protocols and influential in modern training and deployment of tactical K9s.
  • Member of Special Reaction Team (Sniper) Yuma AZ, helping to establish new Counter Sniper Unit, 1997-99.

Education

  • High School, Forest Lake Academy, 1990
  • Marine Corps Boot Camp, 1992
  • Marine Combat Training, 1993
  • Military Police School, 1993
  • K9 Patrol Handler Course, 1993
  • K9 Detector Handler Course, 1994
  • K9 Supervisor/Trainer Course, 1994
  • UCB-12 Naval Air Crew, 1994
  • Explosives Drivers Course, 1994
  • Hazardous Materials Course, First Responder Awareness, 1995
  • K9 Team Evaluator, California POST Certification, 1995
  • Oleoresin Capsicum Exposure Training, 1995
  • Special Reaction Team Training, Phase One, 1998
  • Counter-drug Marksman Observer Course, 1998
  • Military Functions in Civil Disturbances, 1998
  • Sergeant Nonresident Program, 1998
  • Written Communication, 1998
  • Battle Skills, 1998
  • Weapons, 1998
  • Infantry Squad Leader Tactics, 1999
  • Infantry Patrolling, 1999
  • Terrorism Awareness, 1999
  • Principles of Instruction for the Marine NCO, 2000
  • Counseling for Marines, 2000
  • NHTSA Police Traffic RADAR, 2000
  • Arizona Department of Public Safety ACJIS Network Terminal Operator, 2000
  • High Risk Personnel Course (Pistol Specific), 2001
  • Deputy Sheriff’s Combined Basic School, 2002
  • Fairfax County Criminal Justice Academy, 2002
  • Commonwealth of Virginia DCJS Law Enforcement Officer Certification, 2002
  • Alpha K9 School for the Hare Method of Detector Dog Training 2006
  • Tarheel Canine LE Tactical Building/High Risk Vehicle K9 Applications 2006

As an instructor in the tactical field, constant reading of journals and LE updates is a must.

Not listed are dozens of courses that cover everything from Counterterrorism Tactics to Radiological Scanning Devices.

Awards

  • First Place, Narcotics Detection, United States Police Canine Association (Region Three),
  • 2001 Detector Dog Trials.
  • Third Place Overall, First Place Team, USPCA (3) Iron Dog Competition, with a time of 17:48.
  • First Place, Explosives Detection, Orange County (CA) Trials, 1994.
  • Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, October 2000.
  • Navy Marine Corps Achievement Medal, May 2001.
  • Good Conduct Medal (Twice).
  • Joint Meritorious Unit Award (Twice).
  • Meritorious Unit Commendation (Three).
  • National Defense Medal (Twice).
  • Meritorious Mast (Twice)
  • Certificate of Commendation (Twice)
  • Letter of Appreciation (47)
  • “Distinguished Honor Graduate”, Military Police Academy, 1993

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are there breed restrictions?

No, we don’t impose any breed restrictions. Total Dog! is an all-inclusive puppy trainer in Austin and San Antonio, that specializes in private dog-training for all kinds of dogs and puppies.

Is the training really unlimited?

We offer a Total Dog! dog training package that includes unlimited lessons until your dog reaches the goals identified at the start of the program. Following the program's completion, you'll have the opportunity to extend your dog's training to help them reach new goals.

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What are positive, progressive techniques?

Positive progressive techniques refer to a type of behavior modification training that doesn’t involve intimidation or punishment of any kind. Rather, by rewarding good behavior and not rewarding bad behavior, we’ll help your dog learn new behaviors while retaining (and amplifying) their innate love of learning.

When is the best time to start training a puppy?

You can begin training your puppy as soon as you bring them home, as every behavior your puppy does can be either reinforced or discouraged. At 8 weeks of age, your puppy can learn basic obedience skills like sit, stay, and come, and will likely be able to pick up new skills soon after.

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